At Last a wee hill l a day out Ben Aigan and the Whitley aircraft crash site!

Yesterday was a drizzly day on the East and I was offered a short walk with friends on  Ben Aigan. It  is a hill in Moray rising to a height of 471m (1546 feet) to the east of the River Spey, which flows along the foot of its western and northern slopes. It lies to the east of Rothes and north east of Craigellachie. The Speyside Way passes over the shoulder of the hill. There is a forestry road more or less to the summit with lots of trees getting harvested and the hill was very quiet. We only met one other group at the top. We got a few views of Whisky Country and the walk to the summit only took an hour and a half. It was a chill damp day but this my first wee hill since Christmas and it was a bit uncomfortable walking  but still so enjoyable. We had a look for the wee cairn to the Whitley aircraft that crashed in 1940 and  located it. It was a sad spot today in the chilled wind. We had some lunch and then wandered off back down,  How I missed the hills, life is getting better slowly.

Ben Aigan Hill Walk (near Craigellachie)MAP

On the summit a few feet from the summit cairn is where a Whitley Bomber Crashed . It was on a cross country exercise from RAF Kinloss Whitley P5006 crashed on Ben Aigen ESE of Rothes, 24th September 1940.  All 6 crew were killed and I had a look and left a wee cross on the summit cairn. The wee (some stones) memorial has been destroyed but I found the remains but no wreckage at all it would have been fairly easy to remove even in 1940. I wonder how many know that this place has such a sad history?

These are the names of the crew who died on this crash.       “Lest We Forget”

The ns.remains of the memorial with the summit in the backgrou

The ns.remains of the memorial with the summit in the backgrou

Flt Sgt C H Ashley
Sgt D S Proudfoot
Sgt N R Foley
Sgt E S Millard
Sgt P H Lucas DFM
Sgt  I D S E Hay.

I left a wee cross on the summit cairn to the crew all 6 who died on this spot in 1940!

I left a wee cross on the summit cairn to the crew all 6 who died on this spot in 1940!

This wee hill is a A Marilyn is a mountain or hill in the UK Republic of Ireland or the Isle Of Man with a prominenence of at least 150 metres (492 ft), regardless of absolute height or other merit. The name was coined as a punning contrast to the designation Munro, used of a Scottish mountain with a height of more than 3,000 feet (914.4 m), which is homophonous with (Marilyn) Monroe!

Marlyns

There a  2,009 Marilyns identified: 1,217 in Scotland, 453 in Ireland of which 65 are in Northern Ireland, 176 in Emglnd, 158 in Wales, 5 on the Isle Of Man The Black Mountains, on the border between England and Wales, was formerly counted in both countries but is now treated as being in Wales only.] The list of Marilyns in Britain was compiled by Alan Dawson in his book The Relative Hills of Britain,] and continues to change as newer surveys revise height measurements for hills and the cols between them. The list was extended into Ireland by Clem Clements in a booklet, The Hewitts and Marilyns of Ireland.

 

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2 Responses to At Last a wee hill l a day out Ben Aigan and the Whitley aircraft crash site!

  1. razzah says:

    One I plan to walk when I’m next up in Moray!

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